Estethica SS2012 at London Fashion Week

Finally, I made it down to Somerset house this afternoon to join the merriment and general eco-warrior-ness of the Estethica Champagne Brunch, a hot ticket at London Fashion Week. After not much sleep last night, I didn’t arrive in particularly high spirits, but it’s amazing what a glass of bubbly (or three), a DJ and some fabulous sustainable fashion and eco/ethical design will do for you.

Sponsored by Monsoon, Estethica was founded by The British Fashion Council five years ago with the aim of supporting designers committed to working eco-sustainably. One of the most important showcases for the ethical fashion industry, 19 designers now form the Estethica Collective, and although the green side of their work is fascinating and worthy, you will also find some seriously kick-ass fashion here.

Monsoon sponsor Estethica and showed key pieces from the Monsoon L.O.V.E. Collection
L.O.V.E. stands for “loving our values & ethics”
The pieces on show are all from Monsoon’s third L.O.V.E. collection
I made a beeline for this beautiful dress from the Winter Kate collection – Nicole Richie’s clothing line

Futurist brand Dr Noki may be terrifying at first glance (face masks!!)…
…but the designs are stunning
Rachel Freire’s designs were show-stealing; she is working with yak nipples (I would never jest) to create these dramatic and theatrical effects
This ring was all kinds of strange – and pretty bloody brilliant. You can tell that Rachel’s background is in fine art.
More rings to make you dribble courtesy of Italian-trained jeweller Dominique Lucas
These standout necklaces are from Michelle Lowe-Holder’s SS12 “Victorian Flowers and Cream Crocodiles” collection
Lowe-Holder’s work has plenty of colour too
Talking of in-yer-face colour, I’ve bigged-up Henrietta Ludgate before on the blog, and she totally hit the mark today with her neon colour palette. Want.
Snapped this fabulous neck piece while I was hanging around the Junky Styling stand
And finally, lingerie at the event came from the sensational Charini. Inspired by traditional Sri Lankan lace-making techniques, these undies use reclaimed textiles and contain no underwear nasties (eg wires, elastics, hooks & eyes, synthetics, plastics…etc).
I met designer Charini Suriyage (the first Sri Lankan to take part in London Fashion Week) to tell her how impressed I was by her sexy, ethical lingerie. The SS12 collection is just beautiful.
There was just time to rock out with the DJ (until the champers ran dry)

Much more from London Fashion Week tomorrow, kids. Stay tuned.

Written by Johanna Payton